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Week of December 11th, 2017

Each Wednesday during the semester, Geography & GIS will distribute this e-newsletter to our faculty, students, postdocs/visiting scholars, and staff. Please send any news, announcements, and citations to by noon on Monday for publication in the same week’s issue.
Please note: This is the final newsletter for 2017.


Colloquium: Airport and Urban Development in China Under the “Entrepreneurial City” Framework
Zhuo Chen, Geography & GIS PhD student
Friday, December 15th, 3:00 p.m. (coffee/reception at 2:30)
Room 2049 NHB - Russell Seminar Room
Booming urbanization and civil aviation industry in China together brings up two cases: redevelopment of disused airports and development of airport towns. It is said nowadays cities are becoming “entrepreneurial”: acting in the way that private sector does. Chinese cities show the same tendency. Zhuo Chen will discuss the expression of “entrepreneurial city” framework in airport-related urban development in China, and identify some future business opportunities in the development. Grey-literature and news review, GIS methods, and on-site observation are to be used.

GSA (Geological Society of America), North Central section Conference
April 16-17, 2018
Iowa State University
Abstracts due January 16, 2018

Technical Session T26: GIS Applications and Analysis in the Geosciences (contact:
This session invites presentations focusing on practical uses of GIS in the geosciences such as: 

  • geologic mapping
  • hazard or other prediction maps
  • GIS applications in resource exploration/extraction and in geotechnical engineering
  • GPS applications
  • Case studies of novel GIS tools/techniques
  • Digital geoscience infrastructure and data services
  • GIS in environmental modeling
  • GIS and Spatial statistics
  • Advanced geoscience visualizations

Technical Session T12: Environmental impacts of urbanization (contact:
This session invites presentations focusing on environmental impacts of urbanization. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • urbanization mapping and modeling
  • urban water 
  • urban energy and emissions
  • urban climate
  • urban health
  • urban water-energy-food nexus
  • urban ecosystem services
  • urban disaster assessment and management
  • urban agriculture
  • sustainable urban planning
  • urban disaster assessment and management
  • urban agriculture
  • sustainable urban planning

If you are working in one of these areas, we encourage you to present your research and hand in an abstract.
The deadline for abstracts is 16 January, 2018: Abstract submission fee: US$18 for students and US$30 for all others.
Technical program

The Illinois Cartographic Society hosted its first annual holiday party on Monday December 11th in the Russell Seminar Room. 
The Illinois Cartographic Society hosted its first annual holiday party on Monday December 11th in the Russell Seminar Room. 
Visiting Scholar

Dr. Huiping Huang is an associate professor from the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Her research interests include the classification of high resolution remote sensing, and land use spatial optimization and associated applications; such as urban management and planning. Dr. Huang has received funding for several research projects, including “Research on urban land use function with big data technology” from the Ministry of Land and Resources in China.

During her visit with Geography & GIS, Dr. Huang is collaborating with Professor Shaowen Wang’s research group on CyberGIS and spatial optimization. Her current work looks at identification technology of urban land use classes (OpenSpace, Institutional, Residential, and Business). She is also conducting mining analysis and knowledge discovery of urban ecology, industry, population, transportation, and the link between spatial structure patterns - using Beijing’s Haidian district as a demonstration area.


Stock, R., Birkenholtz, T., Garg, A. (2017). Let the people speak: Improving regional adaptation policy by combining adaptive capacity assessments with vulnerability perceptions of farmers in Gujarat, India. Climate and Development, 1-15. DOI: 10.1080/17565529.2017.1410089

John Jakle and Keith A. Sculle, Supplanting America's Railroads: The Early Auto Age, 1900-1940. University of Tennessee Press, 2016

John Jakle and Dannel McCollum*. The Ohio: The Historic River in Vintage Postcard Art, 1900-1960. Kent State University Press, 2017. 
*Dan McCollum completed a master's degree in the department while in his third term as mayor of Champaign.